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Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood is a novel that tells the journey a woman takes from her teenage years until the present through her own thoughts and recollections The protagonist Joan Foster is plagued by the memories and results of her mothers mental and emotional abuse Joan does her best to change her interior and exterior appearance so people dont find out the secrets of her past of which she is very ashamed By the end of the novel Joan has gone through so much growth and change that she is finally happy with the person she is and is done putting up false pretenses to be the person people expect her to be The main theme of the novel is to love and accept yourself for who you are This is proved through the protagonists thoughts actions and spiritual growth throughout the novel Most of the novel is told through Joans own thoughts and memories Because of the way the author chose to tell the story we are able to learn a lot about the protagonists troubled adolescence Joan harbors a lot of resentment and anger towards her mother because of the serious emotional and mental abuse that she was put through As a teenager Joan was morbidly obese which is what encouraged her mothers mistreatment and condescending attitude A good example of this can be found when Joans mother says to her Pg 87 Is this all your good for Sitting around and eating Look at yourself its disgusting This shows us just how much her mother is focused on physical appearance The way Joan feels about herself and her mother is clearly shown through her thoughts and reflections Joan has little self-confidence or self esteem Pg 124 It seemed like everything my mother had accused me of and predicted for me was coming trueI was nothing more than a fat insecure uncultured and useless blob This proves both the fact that
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